47 short stories that will touch the Indian within you

Did you know?

  • A Bihari taught the world to shampoo.
  • The largest dinosaur ever to have roamed the earth walked on Indian soil!
  • Panchatantra is the most popular Indian book translated abroad!
  • Lord Jagannath’s chariot stops at the Samadhi of a Muslim devotee during the Ratha Yatra!
  • An Assamese created a 1360-acres-man-made forest on an Island in the Brahmaputra!
  • A bunch of inspired villagers in Rajasthan formed the world’s first river parliament!
  • Hampi, in today’s Karnataka, was the second largest city of the medieval world!
  • Ujjain, in Madhya Pradesh, was the Prime Meridian of the ancient world!
  •       Takshashila, in modern day Pakistan, was the original Harvard University of the world!

Therein lies a tale! is a collection of forty seven tales, divided into five sections:


1. Sare Jahan Se Acha – Tales from India

2. Namami Bharatam – Tales from our tradition

3. Rathi, Atirathi, Maharathi – Tales of exceptional people

4. Dharmakshetre, Kurukshetre – Tales of forgotten places

5. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – Tales from around the world


The first section, Sare Jahan Se Acha, consists of tales from the Indian landscape – some contemporary, some historic, some even pre-historic. Each tale highlights a certain facet of this country that you are probably familiar with, but didn’t give it due attention. The second section, Namami Bharatam, transcends the notion of India and presents some interesting tales from the traditions of Bharat! The third and the fourth sections contain tales on exceptional people (Rathi, Atirathi, Maharathi) and forgotten places (Dharmakshetre, Kurukshetre). The last section, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, is from around the world – beautiful anecdotes from the lives of Einstein and Stephen Hawking, from Oscar-winning movies like Schindler’s List and The King’s speech, on the history behind the Nobel Prize and spiritual lessons of an entrepreneur when she was on the crossroads of her life.


If you allow it, some parts of this book will make you smile, some will make you laugh, others will bring a lump in your throat or force your eyes to tear up. If you allow it, Therein lies a tale! will make you feel good about yourself and your world.


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